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The Dream List


When we sit and create the dream list with a client before embarking on a renovation project, almost always top of list is a dream shower. A large walk in shower, multiple shower heads, steam abilities and a bench to sit or use to shave your legs on. The perfect shower to start your day in and a refreshing space to rinse away the grime at the end of the day.

There are a lot of fabulous fixtures to choose from with respect to shower heads, body sprays, steam units and even in drain design – I love the look of lineal drains that virtually disappear from site in the floor but what I actually get most excited about is designing the walls of a shower. Today, we often forgo the enclosed look and feel of glass walls unless the client is wanting a steam shower or the space is too small and we need glass to keep the water spray contained (less than 28 x 34 inch shower). We run radiant heat under the shower floor and that keeps you feeling warm and fabulous while you are showering and personally I love the look and feel of an open concept shower. If you are planning a glassless shower then you may have only two or a maximum of three walls to cover. What to use what to use.

Lately, we have done quite a few showers using a full slab of stone on each wall. Clean, sleek and sophisticated. I love the look and the easy to maintenance attribute. On the floor, you can have the same slab of stone, perhaps marble or granite, cut into 3×3 tiles (you need to use the smaller tiles in order to create your slope to the drain). There are also stone veneer products to consider, that will give you the look and feel of a solid slab without the big price tag. We are also seeing sheets of back-painted glass being used for shower walls. I love the back painted glass and use it on TV walls and kitchen back splashes as well. Its versatile, inexpensive and I adore the reflective qualities of the glass.

Still thinking about tile? Then how about creating a tiled, mosaic work of art in your shower? Any image can be translated into mosaic tile and then installed on your wall- flowers, birds, geometric patterns, even a picture of you can become tile art. The opportunities are endless and you can dictate your colour palette as well. Still not committed to any one look or style? How about a cultured stone wall and then paint all the rock white? Love love love this look and it happens to be very cost effective. Fabulous living is all about attention to details, and the shower isn’t to be overlooked.

Creatively Yours


Wood Be a Good Idea

Wood Be Good

We love the look, feel and wearability of hardwood flooring in our homes. Designers have always had a love for natural floor surfaces but today’s hardwood is sexy, colourful and versatile and there is surely a wood species, pattern, finish and colour palette for every style and genre of design.

Wood Be GoodDesigners today are blessed with a plethora of options when it comes to hardwood flooring and I love the opportunities these choices bring to the preverbal design table. At a surfaces show in Asia this week I found some fabulous new floors and just have to share them with you. Plank hardwood is of course still our standard and will never go out of fashion but now watch for opportunities to further distress the planks and create the look of old weathered ship boards on the floor, I love the blues, grays and blacks that come through on this flooring and can see it laid in several of my own job sites.

Another plank standout for me was the thin board, half inch strips of wood planks laid tight with no bevel. The finished result is a refined, elegant and timeless floor that I loved and can see it my next show suite. Taking planks to the next level, were several companies who have started to print patterns and designs onto the planked floors. Super decorative and fun for spare bedrooms, dens and perhaps even the family room.

Wood Be GoodWhile I love the look, feel and opportunity of the plank flooring, I have to admit that for me the stand out wood flooring is parquet. I’m thrilled at the opportunities that exist today with parquet. Virtually any colour options and ultra modern patterns make this a must-lay in chic homes this year. I adore the unique patterns available and I love the mix of wood species and colouring in the floor design. I also love that it is engineered which enables us to lay it overtop radiant floors.

Worried that modern parquet may go out of style- don’t be. Real materials such as wood and stone, quality products, well designed and proportioned choices will always be in vogue. I also think it’s imperative to create standout features, unique to your home. This is a worth while investment and an opportunity for great design, floor art if you will.

Wood Be GoodWood flooring offers a room warmth and timeless elegance that only wood can bring to a space. They lay the ground work for all the fabulous furniture, accessories and soft goods that you will decorate with, although you won’t want to coverup these beauties.

If you’re renovating or building a new home take the time to research all the wood be possibilities that are out there. That’s how you create a home that is truly and uniquely fabulous- and we all want to live with fabulous!

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